Patriotism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old patriotism quotes, patriotism sayings, and patriotism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The essence of patriotism is the sacrifice of personal interest to public welfare.     

William H. Burnham

By patriotism is meant, not only spontaneous, instinctive love for one's own nation, and preference for it above all other nations, but also the belief that such love and preference are good and useful.     

Leo Tolstoy

When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.     

George Santayana

True patriots we; for be it understood we left our country for our country's good.     

George Barrington

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.     

John F. Kennedy

Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.     

Lord Byron

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.     

Edmund Burke

True patriotism is not worship of our nation but rather, in the light of our worship of the God of justice, to conform our nation's ways of justice.     

Robert Mcafee Brown

True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them the desire to do right is precisely the same.     

Robert E. Lee

My Country! When right keep it right; when wrong, set it right!     

Carl Schurz

Patriotism does not oblige us to acquiesce in the destruction of liberty. Patriotism obliges us to question it, at least.     

Wendy Kaminer

Patriotism is a religion, the egg from which wars are hatched.     

Guy De Maupassant

Patriotism is a menace to liberty.     

Emma Goldman

You'll never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.     

George Bernard Shaw

Blind patriotism has been kept intact by rewriting history to provide people with moral consolation and a psychological basis for denial.     

William H. Boyer

During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.     

Howard Thurman

A true patriot never abandons his country at the hour of need.     

Auliq Ice